Tuesday, October 13, 2015

All New BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform Currently Under Development


All New 
BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform
Currently Under Development

Today, Apple announced a brand new Magic Keyboard, along with an all-new Magic Trackpad 2, and immediately customers began asking if the new devices would work with the existing BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform? 



Unfortunately they do NOT work with the current BulletTrain eXpress, but we are hard at work on developing an all-new BulletTrain eXpress that will work with the new Apple Keyboard and Trackpad.

Why won't the new Apple Magic Keyboard and Trackpad 2 with with the current BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform? Because Apple significantly changed the size and profiles of them, as seen in the photos below.



With the new keyboard and trackpad, Apple replaced the AA batteries by adding an internal rechargeable battery that uses lightning to charge. 
You can see the Apple Lightning adapter slot on the trackpad above, as well as on the keyboard pictured below. Also on the far left side, we see simple on/off power switches.


At BulletTrain we are hard at work on designing an all-new BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform to work with the new Apple Accessories. It may seem easy to build a new eXpress, but the all new Apple accessories create new design and engineering challenges, which we are certain we will overcome!!!



Design Notes

We have production models of the new Apple Keyboard and Trackpad in house, and we have been experimenting like crazy with them already. The Design Criteria for the The new eXpress is as follows:


  • Maintain the super-streamlined look and feel of the original eXpress.
  • Maintain the eXpress name. We are thinking about calling it the "BulletTrain eXpress² Keyboard Platform."
  • The new eXpress² must offer easy access to Apple Lightning adapters for easy charging. In other words, you will NOT have to remove the keyboard or trackpad in order to charge them. Also, if you plan to use the BulletTrain eXpress² Keyboard Platform for a Mission Critical application, you would be able to optionally use it with Lightning cables plugged in all the time, so it would always be charged.
  • The new eXpress² must offer easy access to the on/off switches on both the keyboard and trackpad, without having to remove them.
  • Design the new eXpress² so the keyboard and trackpad are easy to install and remove, but remain security in place will using or transporting.
  • Make the new eXpress² lap friendly, and easy to hold with one hand if using for a keynote.


As soon as we have more information, we will put up a new post on the BulletBlog!


Many customers have reached out to us by phone and by email asking to be notified by email when the new eXpress is available to order.

The best way to ensure you receive email notifications from BulletTrain is to sign up for our FastTrack Newsletter Email. We only send out emails to subscribers when we have BIG news about a new BulletTrain product :-)


Thanks everyone, we look forward to sharing more on the new BulletTrain eXpress in the very near future!

13 comments:

  1. While doing this, please consider designing it in such a way that you don't have to remove the keyboard or trackpad for charging. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Kevin,

      We've addressed a few concerns by sharing some critical elements of our intended design. Check out the blue text in the post above :-)

      -Alex (BulletTrain)

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  2. Will the previous versions of the Trackpad and keyboard work in the new Express? I just bought them about 6 months ago and have been waiting for you to restock the Express platform, but now it appears you do not plan to do that?

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  3. How can I get the old version?

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    1. I have one to sell. I have the new keyboard and trackpad so they do not work with the old style.

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    2. https://www.facebook.com/larry.steinhouse Kathy, connect with me facebook and let me know how much you want.

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    3. I don't have a Facebook account. I will sell it to you for $70.00 including shipping.
      If you are interested I will send you my email address.
      Thanks, Kathy

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    4. Kathy, I am interested in this second-hand bullettrain. Can you contact me by email raymondkpwong [@] gmail.com

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  4. Where can I get an old Bullettrain express from?

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    1. We still a few in inventory. Please contact Help@BulletTrain.com for pricing.

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